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Low weight and high rigidity are two features that every backcountry enthusiast appreciates.

In the backcountry, the last thing you want is a cheap-ass shovel that breaks before you've even started to dig a snow-pit. The Ortovox Pro Alu III Shovel combines rigid and lightweight metals to create a highly functional, lightweight shovel that will last as long as you do. Stabilization ribs and high side walls on the blade increase rigidity, and the integrated handle makes the shovel easy to pack. The quick-lock mechanism makes it easy to put the shaft in place and start digging when time is of the essence. The T-Grip Pro handle reverses to fit your handed-ness, so righties and lefties alike can use this shovel efficiently. Whether you're digging down into the snowpack or using the shovel as a hoe to chop, the Pro Alu III shovel lets you quickly clear snow without adding weight to your pack.

  • Pack-friendly shovel
  • Stabilization ribs, high sidewalls
  • Rubberized grip zone at base of shaft
  • Telescoping handle
  • T-grip Pro ergonomic handle, reversible

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Pro ALU III is most definitely my favorite shovel. Lightweight and strong, and the clearing function is the icing on the cake. I'm hoping to get my hands on an Ortovox Pocket Spike to turn the handle into an ice axe for not-so-technical ski ascents!

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I love this shovel!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the years I've ended up with 4 avy shovels and this is by far my favorite! It's light enough to get packed every time, and can move snow. I've never had to dig anyone out, but we did use the entrenching function clearing snow for a snow-cave and I won't have another shovel without it.

Does it comes with the pocket spike ? Do you sell it ? (main reason of this shovel !)

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Unfortunately we do not sell the pocket spike. That looks awesome. Would still be worried about using it as a true self arrest tool though, it is only held on with a little ball and hole connection.

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It's not a real ice tool for sure. It's just a help, or using it as a brake. I like the idea when you don't need an ice tool, you have this 2in1 shovel.

How big is the collapsed handle? Will it...

How big is the collapsed handle? Will it fit into a medium sized pack?

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Hey Pen, I don't have mine handy for measuring, but it easily fits into my small 25L pack.